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SBNR Daily 9-23-10: Laughing Babies!

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The Great Meditation Debate, Another Book Burner, Laughing Babies…

SBNR Daily 9-23-10: Laughing Babies!

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

Centering prayer is a method of refining one’s intuitive faculties so that one can enter more easily into contemplative prayer. It is not the only path to contemplation, but it is a good one. As a method,
it is a kind of extract of monastic spirituality. It concentrates the essences of monastic practice into
two periods of prayer each day. When taking an antibiotic, you have to maintain the right dosage
in order to benefit from the medication. You have to keep up the required number of antibodies in
the blood stream to overcome the disease. So, too, you have to keep up a certain level of interior silence in the psyche and nervous system if you want to obtain the benefits of contemplative prayer.

From: Open Mind Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel
by Fr. Thomas Keating

SBNR.org News:

Steve Frazee, Executive Director of SBNR.org: Each Spiritual Journey Is Different
Our executive director, Steve Frazee, responds to Rev. Todd Linn’s 9/18 article “Being Christian Makes Us Part Of An Organization”.

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Richard Zwolinski: Zen, Yoga, TM, And Kabbalah: The Great Meditation Debate
“Some of yoga’s major Western proponents shy away from acknowledging the religious nature of many of the practices—they fervently declare yoga and its branch of meditative techniques are “spiritual” but not religious and that they are accessible and beneficial to everyone, even those who practice other religions.”

2. Mollie Ziegler Hemingway: Faith Unbound
“The number of people who self-identify using the long-popular phrase “spiritual but not religious” is still growing…Part of the phrase’s popularity can be attributed to its sex appeal. No, really.”

3. Candace Chellew-Hodge: Another Book Burner Lusts for Attention
“The Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. will celebrate Halloween by burning Bibles that aren’t the King James Version, as well as music and books and anything else Pastor Marc Grizzard says is a satanic influence.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. The Washington Post: Fairfax Station Church That Inspired Red Cross Founder Celebrates 150 Years
“St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, at Fairfax Station Road and Route 123, became the first Catholic church in Fairfax County when it was officially dedicated in 1860.”

2. Delaware Online: Delaware Politics: Rise In Evangelical Activism Tips Scales In Primaries
“Greenwood stands at the epicenter of O’Donnell’s upset win over Castle…It was a district that by most accounts saw a surge in political activism on social issues among evangelicals, surprising many party regulars, and was a factor in derailing [Rep. Mike] Castle’s political career.”

3. Reuters: U.S. Monitoring 11 Muslim Sites For Discrimination
“The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it is monitoring 11 cases of potential land-use discrimination against Muslims, a sharp increase in cases under a federal law designed to protect religious minorities in zoning disputes.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”
~Carl Sandburg

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